Travel Safety Round-Up: 27/1/2020

We’ve summarised all the latest updates sent out by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help you plan your travels and keep up to date with events that may not have been in the news.

Information is the first step to making every journey safer, and appropriate travel insurance is more important than ever before – including cover for acts of terrorism*.

 

China

We are working to make available an option for British nationals to leave Hubei province.

If you are a British national in Hubei Province and require assistance, please contact: · our 24/7 number +86 (0) 10 8529 6600 · or the FCO (+44) (0)207 008 1500

We continue to monitor developments closely and are in close touch with the Chinese authorities. The safety and security of British nationals is always our primary concern.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Wuhan City and Hubei Province.

27/1/2020

Turkey

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Elazig and neighbouring provinces in the east of Turkey on 24 January. You should avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice of local authorities.

25/1/2020

France, New Zealand, USA, Malaysia, Australia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Macao, Japan, South Korea, Thailand

Updated information and advice following an outbreak of coronavirus in China, and elsewhere – including USA, France, Malaysia & Australia

25/1/2020

Mauritius

Mauritian authorities lifted the cyclone warning on the morning of 25 January. However there may be some ongoing disruption to flights so we recommend you check with your airline before travelling.

25/1/2020

Nigeria

Update to Summary, Safety and Security, and Terrorism sections of travel advice in relation to an emerging terrorist threat.

25/1/2020

Korea, DPR (North Korea)

Summary – addition of information on travel restrictions put in place by the local authorities, and reports of a government suspension of tourism into North Korea.

24/1/2020

Samoa

As of 23 January 2020, the Samoan authorities have issued a new health advisory and restrictions in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Check with your airline or tour operator that you meet all the requirements.

24/1/2020

Guinea

Updated information on further demonstrations and change to advise essential travel only to Middle Guinea including Labé, Pita and Dalaba.

23/1/2020

Vietnam

Safety and security (Road travel) – addition of information on changes to drink driving legislation;

Local laws and customs – update to information on detention and access to lawyers.

23/1/2020

South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique

Information on cancellations to some international and domestic South African Airways flights.

22/1/2020

Various (EU & EEU)

Entry requirements, Safety & Security (including road travel) and Health sections – editorial amendments to add existing information on travel if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

22/1/2020

Denmark

Entry requirements section (Border controls) – revised information about border checks.

21/1/2020

France

Safety and security (Industrial action) and Summary – updated information on calls for strike action

21/1/2020

Lebanon

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – updated information and advice on ongoing protests.

20/1/2020

Spain

Addition of information and advice following weather warnings issued by Spain’s meteorological office.

20/1/2020

Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia

Information and advice on air pollution.

17/1/2020

Chile

Safety and security (Crime) and Summary – updated information and advice on street crime.

17/1/2020

Bahamas

The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands; Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – updated information and advice on recovery to key infrastructure in Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands following Hurricane Dorian in September 2019

17/1/2020

Azerbaijan

Local laws and customs – addition of information and advice on photographing religious sites; addition of link to advice page on travelling during Ramadan.

16/1/2020

Ecuador

Natural disasters (Volcanoes) – addition of information on the eruption of The Cumbre volcano.

15/1/2020

Sudan

Safety and security (Local travel) – following reopening of Khartoum Airport.

(Following incidents of gunfire in and around Khartoum, and the closure of Khartoum Airport.)

15/1/2020

Oman

Update to dates of mourning period; possible disruption of planned events.

Safety and security (Road travel) – update to information on where you can get Minor Road Traffic Accident forms.

15/1/2020

Comoros

Health – addition of information on cases of measles in Comoros.

13/1/2020

Thailand

Information and advice on sea water entering the fresh water supply.

13/1/2020

 

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Remember that this information is subject to change at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the FCO website and local news for your travel route and destination – before you book and before you depart. 

 

*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.

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